Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Jonesboro, Georgia

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of December 3, 2003

Would-be robber slain by intended victim

A suspected armed robber was shot and killed by his intended victim in Clayton County, police said Wednesday.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight at Independence Park on Thomas Road near Jonesboro.

A man was walking with his 11-year-old daughter when the suspect "approached them and attempted to rob them," said Clayton County police Lt. Joseph Woodall.

"The victim pulled his own firearm and fired some rounds at the suspect," Woodall said.

"The suspect fled about 30 yards and fell over."

The suspect, who was in his late teens or 20s, died at the scene. "He still had in his hand a stolen Glock pistol," Woodall said.

A stolen vehicle that police believe was the suspect's getaway car was also found in the park.

Police say the father acted in self-defense and will not face charges in connection with the shooting. The names of the two men have not been released.

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